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Top 10 Kid-Friendly Dog Breeds

by Erin Dower

Wondering what kind of dog your family should get, or if your own furry friend is top dog? Based on hundreds of reviews submitted by our readers, we've compiled a list of the best child-friendly dog breeds along with some real-life anecdotes from parents. If you are looking for a new four-legged pal, keep in mind how much work it is and that every individual dog is different. Try to meet your potential dog (or its parents) face-to-face with your kids, and start training your dog early on. Do you have a favorite to add to our list? Leave a comment below.

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Best Dogs for Kids, Young boy with Bichon Frise puppy

Bichon Frise


These little white puffballs can be a lot of fun. They love being around kids and have plenty of energy to keep up with them.

Average weight: 10 to 18 pounds

Pro: doesn't shed

Con: requires regular grooming

One parent says: "I have lots and lots of children coming and going through my home... playdates every day. It was important for me to have a dog that was both tolerant and fun. I trust her completely with every child. The kids love to dress her up in her little dresses and stroll her around in a doll stroller."

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